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Columbia College Associate in Science in Environmental Studies

Develop an understanding of humans’ impact on natural systems with an Associate in Science in Environmental Studies degree from Columbia College.

Explore environmental studies at Columbia College

Humans interact with the natural environment in countless ways each day—and this multidisciplinary program at Columbia College looks at how our social, political and economic activities affect the natural systems around us.

From courses in American environmental history and literature to ethics, geography and biology, you will graduate with an understanding of both the cultural and scientific significance of work in this field. You will also gain practical skills in communications, reasoning and scientific study.

Opportunities to study:

  • Demographic growth
  • Geography
  • Nature writing
  • Biology
  • Environmental science

Provide support to environmental fields

Environmental support roles are growing at a fast pace as our interconnected society better understands the influence of natural systems on our day-to-day lives. Your understanding of how our social, political and economic activities affect the environment will be valuable for scientific and engineering support roles as well as work with the public.

The flexibility of this degree offers you options in agriculture, conservation, sustainability and other related fields. It can also lead to opportunities to continue your education in environmental science at Columbia College.

Some possible paths include:

  • Industrial Waste Inspector
  • Pollution Prevention Technician
  • Roadway Programs Technician
  • Hazmat Technician
  • Safety & Hygiene Technician
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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 21 credit hours
  • Core requirements 29 credit hours
  • Electives 12 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 60 credit hours

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